When Nectar and Avios began their partnership in January 2021, it opened up Sainsbury’s Bank as another potential route for indirectly earning Avios.
When it comes to earning Avios from insurance, your best bet is Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers. You can read about Alan Boswell’s Avios offer in this article. They can offer you up to 10,000 Avios when you take out household, business, medical or landlord insurance.
Boswell doesn’t offer Avios on all insurance types, however, and Sainsbury’s Bank could fill some of the gaps. Details of what it offers are here.
What insurance products can I buy from Sainsbury’s Bank?
These are the insurance products on offer:
- Car insurance – click here for details
- Home insurance – click here for details
- Pet insurance – click here for details
- Travel insurance – click here for details
- Life insurance – click here for details
The best offers are targetted
What we have seen since Avios partnered with Nectar is that Sainsbury’s Bank does NOT have many ‘open to all’ insurance deals.
Most offers are targetted and promoted via the Nectar app, in the ‘Partners’ section. It is worth having a look there from time to time to see what you are offered.
There is one deal which is open to all, however ….
Get 22,000 Nectar points with a life insurance sign-up offer
This what you can earn:
- 10,000 Nectar points (6,250 Avios) if your policy is under £8.50 per month
- 16,000 Nectar points (10,000 Avios) if your policy is £8.50 to £20 per month
- 22,000 Nectar points (13,750 Avios) if your policy is over £20 per month
You don’t qualify for the points until you have paid your first five monthly premiums. After this time, the points may take a further 60 days to reach your Nectar account.
If you have an existing life policy which you could switch to Sainsbury’s Bank then this is a decent deal. The maths also isn’t bad purely as a points offer.
For example, if you could set up a level of cover which cost exactly £8.50 per month, you would be spending £42.50 over the minimum five month commitment. In return you will receive 16,000 Nectar points worth 10,000 Avios. You can’t argue with that.
As the value of any insurance offer is totally dependent on the premium you are quoted, you clearly need to look at any Nectar earning in the context of what your policy will cost.
That said, it is worth keeping an eye on the Nectar app to see what targetted sign-up offers are made available to you.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.